Not So Easy Peasy Rice Krispy Treats
Disclaimer: This post is a reader submission from Elizabeth Nuckols.
So I was watching The Pioneer Woman this morning and I got inspired. She made these marshmallow Rice Krispy treats, using an “easy as pie” recipe that didn’t involve using the oven! Whhaattt?!?! A no-bake dessert? Even I can do that! So I trotted on over to Kroger, and while holding my 18mo. old son in my arms because he decided now was a perfect time for a nap, I got all the ingredients. (Total cost about $8).
This is the recipe I followed:
– 1 10oz. bag of large marshmallows
– 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
– 4 Tbsp. of salted butter
– 1/4 tsp of salt
– 6 cups of rice cereal (I used Kroger brand since it was on sale)
– Sprinkles (optional)
I get all these ingredients then head over to my Mom’s kitchen. Her kitchen is what we call the “experimental area.” All kinds of projects have been conducted in this kitchen. For example, when I was pregnant, I tried to make my own Eucalyptus tablets for the shower.. lets just say the blue Blob invaded my moms kitchen. Anywho! I thought I would continue this tradition of experiments in her kitchen, plus she has better cooking utensils than I do— hunny? hint hint.. *clears throat**
So the first step in making this Easy Peasy No bake treats is to thoroughly grease a 9 x 13 pan (butter is better than cooking spray–it just tastes butter! I mean better 😉
Then, melt the butter in a NON-STICK large pot (Note this will be explained later). Once the butter is mostly melted, dump in the bag of large marshmallows, constantly stirring until completely melted. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, remove from the heat. Stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies and the salt, stir in a sort of flipping motion, then add the bag of mini-marshmallows. Remember when I said to use a NON-stick pot? yep I didn’t! So, the result was a huge mess of fluff –HOT fluff!!– Stuck to a big pot! DUH Beth! Gee I remember my first cooking lesson **insert eye roll**
Ok, so once everything is stirred in together, lay it all out in the 9×13 pan. My challenge for you is to make this look all evenly, perfectly square. Let me know how that works out for you. If you get it all perfect, congratulations. We are no longer friends.
As you can see, it didn’t look square for me. –Oh!! Side note— do not taste test yet!! You will burn your fingers! And tongue. Just sayin. Don’t. However, if you find that you are making a massively huge mess and the fluff is everywhere on your counters, clothes, hands, cups, etc. just keep working the fluff so it covers the 9×13 dish, it’ll eventually cool down, or you will lose all feeling in your finger tips. Once you get it all covered (at least somewhat) evenly, set dish aside and let it cool. I added sprinkles for fun (no judging all I had were Christmas kind). If you want sprinkles, add them immediately after pouring your fluff into the dish.
Voila!! Who needs a perfect square lifestyle anyway?